I don’t know if you’ve felt the momentum of my blog posts teetering off, but in all honestly, I’m going through a bit of “blogger’s block”. Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging and discovering green beauty products, but I’ve just been feeling a major void in my motivation to write blog posts. Some days, I’ll type up full blog posts but never post them. I have memory cards full of photos I’ve taken only to never edit them and eventually, delete them all. While other days, I can’t even look at my laptop.
It’s true I have a lot going on in my life right now (grad school, job searching, and just 3 months until my wedding), but there’s probably something a bit bigger looming overhead compared to all of these little things.
Am I feeling uninspired by the content of my blog? Maybe. Does the perfectionist in me make completing a simple blog post spiral into a never-ending process? Yes. Am I starting to feel defeated by the ability of other bloggers to post new content more often than me and constantly churn out insanely magazine-worthy photos? Definitely. Do I feel extreme guilt and shame as untested products pile up and I have to tell brands that I still have not tried out their products yet? More often than not.
But I think the main source of my lack of motivation lies in the realization that blogging seems to have become more and more of a commercial marketing scheme for many companies and bloggers rather than for pure creativity.
I used to feel such a positive energy of conversation and community among the blogosphere. Now, it mostly feels less authentic and vibrant to me. I find myself skimming through blogs more and feeling less than inspired by the writing, or lack thereof for a majority of them.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m feeling a bit lost. I want my content to inspire others to live a healthier, more conscious lifestyle and to provide a unique insight on certain topics. Sure, I still love writing about beauty and skincare and I think I’ve done that well, but I also really want to provide content on other topics as well not only here on the blog but also in my freelance writing life.
Bri, the writer behind one of my favorite design blogs, Design Love Fest, also recently wrote about feeling the same way and how she’s transitioning. She’s trying to focus on redirecting her blog back towards the raw, freeform, less edited content that made it popular in the first place. So far, her new posts look and feel more authentic and inspiring.
Is it just the season of change in my life? Could it be the way the world of blogging is evolving?
Hopefully, this bout of “blogger’s block” will fade and I’ll feel reinvigorated, but for now, just know that I’m trying my best and trekking on through the muck.
What do you think? What kinds of things would you like to see more of or less of on Plein Vanity? If you notice anything you do not appreciate or feel does not fit into the scheme of this blog, please call me out on it. A little healthy discussion never hurt.
As always, thank you for reading this tiny, little blog of mine.
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